A Worksop business owner has been prosecuted by Bassetlaw District Council for fly-tipping commercial waste near to Gamston Airport.
James Carrington, who owns Carrington’s Complete Tiling Solutions, admitted two charges of failing in his duty of care to ensure his waste was disposed of correctly and failing to produce a waste carrier licence.
He received a fine of £300, and was ordered to pay costs of £1,000 to the council, to cover the removal of the fly-tipped waste and legal fees, plus a £30 victim surcharge.
Councillor Julie Leigh said: “There is no justification or excuse for fly-tipping and should our environmental health officers secure the evidence that links any individual or business to an act of fly-tipping, we will not hesitate to use all the powers available to us to bring the people responsible to justice.”
In January 2017, a member of the public reported an incident of fly-tipping on Brickyard Road, Gamston.
The call sparked an investigation by the council’s environmental health team which uncovered evidence including a company invoice and other paperwork linked to an employee of Mr Carrington.
Additional evidence, including a complaint from a member of the public about the amount of building waste which had accumulated outside Mr Carrington’s home address, was linked to the dumped waste after items found at Gamston were confirmed to have previously been on his driveway.
He was first issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £300 in November 2017, but refused to pay the fine and was subsequently ordered to attend Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on June 22.
Coun Leigh said: “I would also like to encourage members of the public to report fly-tipping to the council, especially if you see anyone in the process of dumping waste.
“Your information will be treated in the strictest of confidence and any evidence provided could help us to secure a prosecution.”
Businesses who transport waste in company vehicles are required to hold a Waste Carriers License, issued by the Environment Agency.
These licences are free if you only transport waste that is produced by yourself, or costs £154 for other types of businesses.
Fly-tipping incidents can be reported via the homepage of the council’s website, at bassetlaw.gov.uk